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  • PACC holding “Name Your Own Price” sale

    Dec 07, 2020 | Read More News
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    picture of dogsPIMA COUNTY –Pima Animal Care Center is holding a special sale in an effort to get more pets into homes for the holidays. Potential adopters can name their own price for the adoption fees of pets four months or older. There is a $20 licensing fee per adopted dog that cannot be waived. Kittens and puppies will cost $50 each. The sale starts Dec. 7, 2020 and continues through Jan. 7, 2021. 

    Potential adopters will still need to make an appointment to meet pets at the shelter. They can head to pima.gov/adopt to fill out the appropriate survey, (like a dog survey for a dog or a cat survey for a cat). Then once they receive the shelter’s response email, the potential adopter can choose a day and time to come in to meet a specific pet or walk through the kennels. All visitors must wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose while at the shelter.

    “The holidays can actually be a great time to bring a pet home,’” said Monica Dangler, Interim Director of Animal Services. “You are home more often, so the pet can adjust more quickly to your schedule.”

    Dangler also mentioned that sometimes pets can be meaningful gifts, but the potential pet owner should be included in the process. 

    “If you know that Grandma really wants a cat and is ready to care for the cat, you could make a ‘Free Adoption Coupon’ and gift it to her along with a Visa Gift Card,” she said. “That way Grandma can pick the pet she likes best.” 

    For those who cannot adopt but would love to help, they can foster a pet! People can sign up to foster at pima.gov/foster and follow the directions on that page. The foster team will be handling the applications in the order in which they are received. 

    Dangler said that fostering can also have a huge positive impact on a pet.

    “Any time away from the shelter is good for a homeless pet,” she said. “In a foster home, a pet can relax. That’s good for their mental well-being and their overall health.”

    Another way to help is by donating to Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, PACC’s official nonprofit partner. Have people on your gift list that are hard to shop for? Make a gift to Friends of PACC in their honor! People can make a financial donation at friendsofpacc.org

    Something to note, the shelter will have special hours for the upcoming holidays:

    • Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
    • Christmas Day, December 25, 2020: CLOSED
    • New Year's Eve, December 31, 2020: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
    • New Year's Day, January 1, 2021: CLOSED

    PACC would also like to offer up some tips for the potential of holiday fireworks that might scare some pets:

    • Keep pets in a calm, quiet space with some music or a television playing their favorite show.
    • Limit interactions with strangers.
    • Give a special enrichment toy or treat, like a Kong filled with peanut butter.
    • Place the pet in a Thundershirt.

    The shelter is open for essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. All non-emergency appointments will require an appointment. People can make their appointments and keep up with the operational changes at pima.gov/animalcare.